Immunology, Research, Transplantation

The journey to a pig-heart transplant began 60 years ago

On Friday, January 7 2022, David Bennett became the world’s first person to successfully receive a transplant of a pig’s heart. The eight-hour-long operation by surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, USA, was no doubt arduous. But it was a short final step in a 60-year-long journey to genetically alter the pig’s heart so that it would not be immediately rejected – a journey that began with a plane crash in Oxford in the summer of 1940.

Coronavirus, Research

Portraits of SARS-Cov-2

Working in a biosafety level 4 las, Fischer and her team image the world’s deadliest pathogens from Ebola to HIV, salmonella to COVID-19 virus–SARS-CoV-2.